Last updated: 25 April 2003
Subject: POWER SUPPLY ETX/4504 Sent: Friday, April 25, 2003 08:51:04 From: ARSASTRO@aol.com Today i recived a mead 4504 starfinder to go with my ETX70.I have a mains power supply for the ETX and was wondering if it would power the 4504. Thanks.....AndyMike here: I don't know if that is compatible or sufficient but will post your inquiry on tonight's Site update. You might always try the 4504 Yahoo Group.
Subject: hope you can help Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 20:34:12 From: email@example.com (ben fisk) ok i have this older telestar it is a ds-60 i am haveing a vary hard time finding where to buy the autostar Controller and motors i was wondering if you could help me with telling me to buy them on the net thanx benMike here: You might check the Telescope Tech Tips page for some ideas. Also see "Steve Bedair's "Go To" Mounts" on the Astronomy Links page.
Subject: Re: Re: Meade DS 2130 AT manual needed Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 19:36:21 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ray Sult) I spoke to MEADE customer support yesterday. They were VERY helpful ! They are mailing me the manual and any other paper-work that would have shipped with the DS 213 AT. I should have it this week. Most of what I have read on-line about the DS 2130 mentions that the eyepieces that come with this telescope are in need of being replaced with some "upgraded" eyepieces. Do you have any input on this ?? What might you recommend ?? Ray SultMike here: Glad Meade took care of you. I thought they would.
Subject: DS60EC Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 15:06:20 From: TRAVIS.WHITLOW@newarkinone.com For the person who can't get a good image of Saturn and Jupiter with the DS60AT, I think it's likely just the quality that Meade built into the scope. I just bought one to get the motors and tripod to convert my ETX90 RA to a goto. The electronics work great, but the scope was a disappointment. It performed just as the lady described. I made an adapter so I could use my 1-1/4" eyepieces with it (the .965" that came with it produced a fair amount of distortion, even on terrestrial objects in sunlight). A couple of my 1-1/4" are Meade super plossels. They helped some, but not a lot. And here's one more experience I had with the DS60. My astronomy club auctioned a (non-electronic) DS60 a couple of years ago and I bought it for my grandchildren. It had a 1-1/4" focusser, but no diagonal or eyepieces. I added a Celestron diagonal I had laying around and two Meade "MA" type eyepieces (the ones that came with my ETX90) as upgrades. Sadly, that one didn't perform well, either. But my grandkids have put it to use and enjoy it. I'm going to play with the new one a little more to see if there's any way to improve the views. If I'm successful, I'll let you know.
Subject: DS-60AT - help! Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 14:05:27 From: Rebecca_Jones@tufts-health.com First of all, your site is great. I think I've read every posting, and I've learned a lot. However, I haven't seen anything about the kind of situation I'm experiencing, and I'm hoping you or one of the many other folks reading your site can help. My husband bought me a a Meade DS-60AT w/GoTo & Autostar. Like many others, he saw a scope advertised at a reasonable price in a big warehouse store (BJ's), and thought it would be a good buy for a beginner. The rack on the focusing tube was damaged when I got it, so Meade shipped a replacement focusing tube & assembly - with 1.25" diagonal holder - for free. It was a simple changeover - no lenses involved. The holder for the diagonal is just a small plastic screw-on ring, and the old .965" fits the new tube. So, I now have the option of using both .965" & 1.25" diagonals & eyepieces with a quick switch of the ring. Here's my problem: According to other DS-60 owners on your site, and Meade's literature specific to this scope, I should be able to make out the rings on Saturn, and see the bands - though faintly - on Jupiter. The best I get is a very fuzzy image with a distinct vertical black line, or something like a water drop under a microscope. No matter which diagonal & eyepiece combo used - .965" or 1.25", Jupiter & Saturn are extremely fuzzy, with no discernible detail - not even a hint of Saturn's rings. Even worse, a distinct black vertical line appears across both planets' disks as they reach their least "fuzzy" view. The line moves across the object as it moves across my field of view. It's like looking through a finder scope without a horizontal crosshair. In the same observing session, I was able to clearly observe the Moon, craters, mountains, etc. near the terminator and rims, and even make out the very tiny, but bright, dots of Jupiter's moons, even as Jupiter itself was fuzzy & bisected by the black line. I'd also had no problems observing objects nearby - landmarks, tree tops, wildlife, etc. during the daytime that afternoon, and I checked the lenses carefully for dust, dew, etc. several times during the session. The scope had been out on my deck for several hours, so it was well cooled, and I'd carefully aligned it (works great, once you find North) before starting my session, and the GoTo was working fine - so I know I was looking at Jupiter & Saturn. This problem happens anytime I try to view Jupiter & Saturn. Is it me, the eyepieces, the scope, or something else? I tried the 965" diagonal w/.965" 2.5mm, 9mm & 25mm eyepieces, and a new Celestron 1.25" 45 degree erecting prism diagonal, with PL4mm & PL6mm eyepieces - no help. The Moon & Jupiter's moons still looked fine, but not Jupiter & Saturn. On nearby objects & the Moon during the daytime, the focus is crisp and clear - a dream. I live in a semi-remote area, about 2-3 miles from the Smithsonian/MIT Haystack Observatory, 1/2 mile from the closest road or streetlights, so I don't think light pollution is the problem. I tried fresh contacts (I'm nearsighted w/astigmatism) switched eyes, did some deep breathing - no luck. If "seeing" was the problem, wouldn't I have had problems viewing the Moon, also? Thanks - Rebecca JonesMike here: From your description it sounds like you might be refocusing when you observe Jupiter or Saturn in an attempt to make the planet large in the eyepiece. When you focused on the Moon you achieved the correct focus position for the planets and stars as well. When in focus with a short focal length telescope the planetary disk is very small, especially with a 25mm or so eyepiece. If you think I'm correct, try again and go for a crisp view of the planet not size. Let me know.
Subject: Meade DS 2130 AT manual needed Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2003 12:36:20 From: email@example.com (Ray Sult) I am trying to locate a copy of the original manual that shipped with the Meade DS 2130 AT. I recently purchased a new DS 2130 at a VERY resonable price because the box appeared to have been opened and the manual was missing. I have tried to contact Meade but have not heard back from them yet. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks, Ray SultMike here: Meade will probably send you the manual for free. Did you call or fax your request? Calling them is the best bet.
I e-mailed Meade on Thursday. Planning on trying to call them by phone on Monday. I was just anxious to set this thing up. Hopefully they can fax it to me on Monday ! Thanks for your reply . Ray SultMike here: Meade doesn't have an email address to respond to user requests. And I doubt they will FAX the manual (probably too large).
Subject: meade-bresser ds-b 80ec Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2003 03:37:38 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Murat Gure) I have recently purchased meade-bresser ds-b 80 ec refractor telescope. Could you please criticize the product for me? As far as I know some parts are made in taiwan do you know the Taiwan manifacturer for it? With my best regards, Murat Gure Turkey
Subject: re: #495/Motor Problem Sent: Saturday, April 5, 2003 15:32:28 From: email@example.com (Richard Seymour) To: RKK12@student.canterbury.ac.nz > Every time the scope finishes slewing, the motors won't stop! > They just keep going at the slowest speed which is very very annoying. But it may be the correct behaviour... If you have aligned the scope, you are now in Astronomical Mode. The motors -should- run all of the time, very slowly, to follow the stars across the sky as the earth turns beneath them. That's good for stars, bad if you are looking at a bird or a tree. To turn -off- the motors, do one of three things: (a) Under Setup > Targets > scroll to Terrestrial and press [enter] (b) GoTo a predefined Landmark (c) GoTo an Alt/Az coordinate set (press [mode] for 3 seconds, release, scroll down, press [goto] and then enter numbers and tap [enter]) Does that solve your problem? The telescope automatically enters Targets > Astronomical if you Align, or GoTo any astronomical target. have fun --dick
Subject: DS114-AT Sent: Wednesday, April 2, 2003 23:07:51 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (DAVID CURTIS) Will the 495 autostar work on this scope? It came with a 494 but I,m having tracking trouble and I thought a firmware upgrade was in order, but upon reading, the 494 is not upgradable and the 506 cable bundle is as expensive as the whole 495 unit. Would the 495 be the better choice?Mike here: As you can see from the table on Meade's Autostar Update page (http://www.meade.com/support/auto.html), it will work. And if you get a #495 and do the ROM upgrade, you'll end up with a #497. Good plan.
Subject: Pin outs on Meade Controller Sent: Wednesday, April 2, 2003 12:37:37 From: email@example.com (KedrinD) I have a DS-2130 AT by Meade and the interface connection for the proprietary cable is four pin the size of a telephone connection. (I never can remember if it's RJ 45 or RJ 11 but it's one or the other.) My question is... Can anyone give me the pinouts for an cable between the Meade controller and my hub so that I may use the Astronomer's Control Panel software without being required to pay $50.00 for a two dollar cable? Thanks. Feel free to reply directly. KedrinMike here: See the Cable Info on the Autostar Information page. (by the way, it is an RJ11)
Stumbled onto it after I wrote. Sorry to bother you with it. UNBELIEVABLE SITE!!!!!!!!!!! I lost part of my right hand in an accident last year and I purchased a DS2130 AT not really knowing a lot about telescopes. After realizing the limitations of my instrument, I started looking into the ETX series. I'll certainly refer to your site before I make any drastic investments.
Subject: #495/Motor Problem Sent: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 21:25:45 From: RKK12@student.canterbury.ac.nz (rkk12) I have recently been having problems with my #495 handbox. The telescope (DS127) would not move when I pushed the arrow keys, and I had to select an object and slew to it to get anywhere. Anyway, I replaced the cable from the handbox to the scope and most of the problems have gone away - except one. Every time the scope finishes slewing, the motors won't stop! They just keep going at the slowest speed which is very very annoying. I've tried wiggling the cables for the motors etc. but nothing seems to work. I have a hunch it might be a software problem. Please advise. Ravi KandulaMike here: Have you done a RESET, CALIBRATE, and reTRAIN of the drives? You might also consider upgrading the Autostar ROM using the software on Meade's site. You'll need a #505 cable and Windows; you can make the cable (see the Autostar Information page on the ETX Site) or you can buy one. Once you do the upgrade you'll have a #497 Autostar with all the latest object info and bug fixes.
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